Tess' Mission to Magadan, Russia

I have been blessed with the opportunity to spend two months serving the people of Magadan, Russia this summer!

The town of Magadan, located in Siberia, was created to be a prison camp during the time of Stalin. Even though communism no longer reigns in Russia, Magadan is affected by the scars it left behind. Survivors of the camps are hurt by the memories and it has had an impact on the town, even today. The people of Magadan need the Lord's Mercy and Love. 

Fr. Michael Shields is an American priest who has
been serving in Magadan for 20 years.  The Lord has worked through him to minister to the people of Magadan in many ways. To the little children he has bible schools and involves them in plays. For the youth, he goes on nature walks with them and reaches them at their level. He prepares those engaged to be married with marriage preparation. He teaches the young adults and adults about the scriptures. With the elderly he says mass in their homes and just talks to them. He also does pro-life ministry, Rachel's Vineyard work, and ministers to those struggling with alcoholism. Fr. Michael Shields is a phenomenal priest and has truly transformed Magadan. 

Magadan still needs to be shown the bright light of Christ to pierce through the darkness of scars communism left behind. 

The Lord placed the desire to serve the people of Magadan in my heart while I was studying in Gaming, Austria in the Fall of 2014. As I continued to pray and contacted the leaders of the mission that desire only grew stronger. The Lord satisfied that desire and I have been so blessed with this opportunity to serve. However, I need your help.

First off, I need your prayers. Please pray for me and my 4 other teammates as we prepare for and embark on our mission. Following God's will is not always easy. Please pray that we will always lean on Him for strength and be listening for His voice. 

Secondly, I ask for your help financially, in any way that you can. I need to raise between $3,500 and $4,000 which would cover travel expenses and room & board. Any support you can give will be greatly appreciated and most certainly used to bring out the will of God. 

Thank you for taking time to read about Magadan. I thank you in advance for the prayers and monetary support you are able to give. 

In addition, a Book of Intentions will be carried with us throughout mission. If you would like us to carry your intentions with us, please send them to me via my E-mail, Facebook, Tumblr Ask, text message, letter, owl, carrier pigeon, etc. They'll be added to the book and carried with us throughout our time!

Thank you again.

Tess Austin

Questions about the mission? 
Shoot me an email at [email redacted] . 
Check out last year's mission blog at http://joyfulwarriormissions.weebly.com/ .
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Teresa Austin 
Steubenville, OH
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